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Not stressing serious wounds....

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Big Lew

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You can't rush deep wounds. You have to allow for the natural mending to take place which means
trying not to stress it. I skewered myself last week, accidentally falling backward onto a pointed plastic
spike that went at least 3 1/2-4 inches into the meaty part of the back of my right leg just above the knee.
I kept it bandaged with tape, gauze, and 3 type polysporin while trying not to stress it for 5 days and it healed
well enough I could remove all the bandages etc. I didn't want stitches because it would have sealed the deep
wound and put it at risk of infection. I babied that wound, keeping my walking and bending to a minimum hoping
it would mend before I had to go in for my surgery because they would have cancelled it if it was still open. All that
extra care worked because it healed remarkably fast. All that's evident now are large faint bruises and a healthy scab.
 

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Wow Dave. I'm glad it didn't hit a tendon. Glad your mending well. I guess you know a thing or two about first aid because most folks would have let it get infected by not keeping it clean. Personally I would have went to the hospital. But get well soon friend
 
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Wow Dave. I'm glad it didn't hit a tendon. Glad your mending well. I guess you know a thing or two about first aid because most folks would have let it get infected by not keeping it clean. Personally I would have went to the hospital. But get well soon friend
I'm more glad it didn't hit the 'Jingle bells' lol!
I did go to the hospital but they said that I had cleaned and treated it about the same
as they would have, and to keep a keen eye out for infection while allowing it to heal
naturally. They also agreed about not using stitches unless needed. It would have been
a different scenario had it been something other than plastic which doesn't harbour dirt etc.
 
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I glad it healed quickly for you. Sounds horrible!
The plastic spike was from a garden solar panel that are about 8 inches long.
The hole in my leg at the surface was about an inch in diameter but the further
it went in, the narrower it became which was fortunate. I think it hitting the
bone stopped it from going in to the hilt even though it went in at an angle.
 
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Geez Dave, that must have hurt bad, glad that it healed up so good!
It actually didn't hurt very much, more of an ache. Yes, I was lucky to get away with no complications.
Infection was my main worry. Years ago I had a length of 1/2 inch rusty metal rebar go in about the same
distance in my left leg and they had to cut it open to clean it out. it took weeks for that to finally heal.
This old body has collected a lot of scars over the years...hope it doesn't collect any more.
 

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Glad you are okay, back and forth to hospital for iv through my pcc line due to a diabetic foot infection that got into the bone.
 
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Glad you are okay, back and forth to hospital for iv through my pcc line due to a diabetic foot infection that got into the bone.
Sure hope they can cure that quickly. Infection is serious business which can spread very fast. I got an infection in a kidney after one of my surgeries that spread so fast it almost killed me before the antibiotics took effect. Wishing you the best outcome.
 

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Take care of yourself and be careful. The human body can do wanderful things for itself. Infections can get the best of us. 40 some years ago while in the army I injured a hand and ended up with an infection that came close to costing me the hand. But I won and still have it and it still works.
Steve
 

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I agree Dave - and so does the hand specialist that treated my dog bit thumb. It was deep, and because it was an animal bite they wanted it to heal from the inside out rather than just stitch it closed and let it heal from the top down to the bottom. They were really worried about infection developing inside the wounds.

I had to go to the hospital daily - for two weeks - and let them change the dressing and apply anti-bacterial ointment. The original doctor (in emergency) installed two very lose stitches - just to keep the flaps closer together, but not close the wounds.

It took a bit longer to heal by doing things that way but it was worth the wait.
 

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